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Asked by T on May 15, 2016

On my resume, I list various computer programming languages I have learned and used. Some of the languages I learned using online websites or used them a long time ago and I don't remember much about the language. I was wondering if I should still list those languages on my resume?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on May 16, 2016

Hello,
This is a great question. I would suggest only listing the languages that you'd be able to provide an example for. While it is notable that you had once learned the other languages, you do not want to give the wrong impresssion on your resume. If you make it to the interview round of the hiring process, that would be a good place to hit on the fact that you've learned more than what were listed and would be able to work off of memory, but may need a bit of guidance every now and then on those. Best of luck!

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Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on May 17, 2016

Hello, Great question regarding your skill set with computer launguages. There are a few ways. 1, put your language knowledge under the appropriate work experience.  Or 2, I would them in two buckets on the resume.  Specialized training (these are the ones you're familiar with and have a vast working knowledge) and Use & Knowledge of Standards (the ones you've used, but may need a refresher.
Best Regards!

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Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on May 17, 2016

Awesome question, and you are not alone! I've had many students ask me this at campus events. What languages you put on your resume, expect to be tested on by the hiring team.

I give students 2 options, based on how your resume is structured and the flow is which one will be more eye catching and easy to follow. 

1 - make a list of the languages based on your experience level
proficient
intermediate
basic

2 - list only the proficient/relative to the position in a section on its own, but include the other languages in the projects/work experience to highlight the other languages you have learned along the way.  

Hope this helps! Best of luck.  

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